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Ashraful eyes Bangladesh return as ban comes to an end

10 Aug 2018, 03:42 GMT+10

June 4, 2013: BCB indefinitely suspends Ashraful. Later that day, Ashraful admits to fixing during the 2013 BPL

January 18, 2014: BPL anti-corruption tribunal begins hearing

June 2, 2014: Ashraful plays in unofficial US tournament

June 18, 2014: BCB bans Ashraful for eight years

July 22, 2014: Ashraful appeals against ban

September 29, 2014: BCB's disciplinary panel reduces Ashraful's ban to five years

October 21, 2014: BCB unsuccessfully appeal against Ashraful's ban reduction

August 13, 2016:Ashraful's ban from domestic cricket ends

August 13, 2018: Ashraful becomes eligible to play all international and BPL cricket

The highlight in these two seasons has been his five List-A centuries in the 2017-18 Dhaka Premier League. He is only the second batsman to do so in a single List-A tournament; the other being Alviro Peterson in the 2015-16 Momentum One-Day Cup on South Africa's domestic circuit.

He has averaged 47.63 in 23 List-A games since the ban was lifted, but his first-class form hasn't been as good - a 21.85 batting average in 13 matches, with just one century. "The first season after my return wasn't great but I did well in the 2017-18 season. I hope to do even better in the coming seasons," he said.

"Now I can be considered for selection through my performance. I have already gone through a month-long training programme and after August 15, I will go into pre-season training leading into the upcoming season's National Cricket League."

In June 2014, the BPL's anti-corruption tribunal had banned Ashraful for eight years and fined him BDT 10 lakh (USD 12,000 approx). In September that year, the BCB's disciplinary panel reduced the ban to five years, with the last two of those years suspended. The BCB and ICC unsuccessfully appealed against the ban reduction. The reduction was subject to his participation in a BCB or ICC anti-corruption education and training programme. Accordingly, Ashraful took part in an anti-corruption programme and during the 2015 BPL, appeared in awareness videos shown to players and officials.

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